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Work-study and Student Employment

Work-study is an opportunity for on-campus employment. Earning money through work-study can help you to finance your education while providing you with the opportunity to become a valuable part of the campus community. It can give you an opportunity to explore and affirm your career choice and gain critical skills to improve your marketability for professional employment. 

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) offers students an opportunity to present research plus scholarly and creative work. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides University of Minnesota undergraduates from every college, major, and discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research or creative projects.

Summer Research Programs

Every summer students participate in University of Minnesota campus-wide summer research programs. The students represent institutions and colleges from across the nation including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Scholarly Horizons Undergraduate Journal

Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal highlights outstanding undergraduate scholarship being done at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). Works may include independent research or creative activity as well as projects or papers from course assignments that significantly moved beyond the course expectations. Submissions are accepted from faculty only and should represent the top level of work seen over the faculty member's career.

National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange (NSE) provides an opportunity for students to enhance their Morris education by "studying abroad domestically." Through NSE students have the chance to attend another university in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for a semester or academic year.

Morris Student Administrative Fellowship

The University of Minnesota Morris offers the Morris Student Administrative Fellows program, in which academic and administrative staff select students to serve as teaching assistants to sponsoring faculty and as interns in offices and programs on campus. MSAF students undertake assignments that enhance their intellectual competence, enrich their academic program, or hone their technical skills.

Morris Challenge Youth Institute

The Morris Challenge Youth Institute is a life-changing experience at the University of Minnesota Morris where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world.

Ninth through twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

To participate in the Morris Challenge Youth Institute, high school students research a global issue and write a paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor.

Morris at Festival du Voyageur

Most years in February, students take a bus to Winnipeg for a weekend at the Festival du Voyageur, an annual celebration of the culture of the Voyageurs, fur traders and merchants who frequently traded goods with Native communities.

Morris Academic Partnership

The University of Minnesota Morris offers the Morris Academic Partnership (MAP) program, in which faculty select academically talented, qualified second-year and third-year students to assist them in scholarly and creative projects. Selected MAP students undertake assignments intended to enhance their intellectual competence and increase their interest in graduate or professional study.

McNair at UMN Morris

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program is one of a suite of federal TRiO programs sponsored by the US Department of Education. Its purpose is "to prepare eligible participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities."

Lake Superior Geology Student Research Fund

The ILSG Board of Directors established the ILSG Student Research Fund to encourage student research on the geology of the Lake Superior region. 

Keck Geology Consortium

The Keck Geology Consortium, with support from the National Science Foundation, offers distinctive research experiences for undergraduates (REU).


If you’re pursuing a competitive career track, Honors makes you distinctive and demonstrates that you’re curious, motivated, and dedicated.

Communicating Sustainability in Latvia

Communication, Media & Rhetoric Professors Barbara Burke and Nadezhda Sotirova plan to lead "Communicating Sustainability" (CMR 2023, 2 credits, IP) in Valmiera, Latvia, in collaboration with Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in mid-July 2023. 

Chasing the Plague in Edinburgh: Scientific and Literary Perspectives on Infectious Disease

As a city ravaged twice by the bubonic plague, Edinburgh represents the ideal location to explore how infectious disease has shaped and continues to shape culture, architecture, history, and identity. Students will spend three weeks in residency in Edinburgh discovering the city, gaining a first-hand understanding of its literary and scientific history, and occasionally traveling to nearby sites. Through a mixture of in-classroom lectures and reading discussions, site-specific activities around the city, and trips to related areas like Leith and Glasgow, students will gain a greater understanding of the impact infectious disease can have on a population and reflect on their own experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to engaging literarily with the plague, students will also be introduced to relevant topics in immunology and explore current research on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. 

Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA)

CURA was established by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents in 1968 in response to the social and political upheaval of that time. Many universities established centers like CURA, but most of these have shifted their focus. CURA, in contrast, remains a thriving center for community-engaged research, always evolving with community needs. 

Center for Small Towns Internships

Students gain valuable work experience related to their majors and future career goals through Center for Small Towns internships. Each year, organizations serving communities of 10,000 or fewer people propose project ideas and develop those ideas with Center for Small Towns staff and faculty advisors.